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1st Apr 2013

The Frugle Awards

by Ron Washam

The finalists for the James Beard Awards were announced recently to great fanfare. The James Beard Awards are often referred to, mostly by dolts, as the Oscars© of the food and wine world. The Oscars© are almost never called... Read more

 

30th Mar 2013

An exchange of letters with Dan Jago of Tesco

by Tim Atkin and Dan Jago

On February 15th, I published a column in OLN entitled Flogging a dead horse about what I saw as the potential... Read more

 

27th Mar 2013

Priorat: from tradition to hi-tech to terroir

by Victor de la Serna

When the International Wine Academy, the august Geneva-based institution, first visited Catalonia two decades ago, its members didn't make it to Priorat: the roads were bad in 1994, accommodation almost non-existent, and even if the wines had... Read more

 

22nd Mar 2013

Brunello and Bordeaux: a tale of two appellations

by Tim Atkin

Brunello and Bordeaux, Bordeaux and Brunello. Italy and France’s most famous wine regions have a lot in common, not least that they both hold high-profile tastings in the first part of the year. If it’s February, it must be Tuscany,... Read more

 

18th Mar 2013

Who needs Bordeaux vintages?

by Robert Joseph

No one could have predicted the impact the Senkalu Island crisis of March 2015, ten years ago, would have on the wine world. When President Hollande’s decision to align France with Europe and the US in support of Japan led to an immediate ban... Read more

 

8th Mar 2013

I'm 100 points on that...

by Tim Atkin

A favourite Paul Simon tune was at the top of my iPod play list last week. When Numbers Get Serious isn’t as famous as the Sounds of Silence or Fifty Ways to Leave your Lover, but it has a hidden message for the wine business. “When times are... Read more

 

1st Mar 2013

Sommeliers without borders

by Ron Washam

Larry Anosmia, Master Sommelier, had a vision. He knew there were millions of people around the globe suffering, and suffering in unimaginable agony, simply because they didn’t have access to a sommelier. In many cases, they may have had... Read more

 

21st Feb 2013

Forbidden Fruit

by Matt Walls

If Jesus had chosen something other than the fruit of the vine for his followers to worship him with, today’s wine lovers might have a harder time indulging their hobby. You might have to meet up with a mate of a mate in a pub car park to... Read more

 

18th Feb 2013

Because you’re worth it

by Robert Joseph

Two strangers, a man and woman meet at a cocktail party. The man turns to the woman and says, I've got a hypothetical question for you. The woman, whose curiosity has been piqued, says "OK ask away..." "If a... Read more

 

15th Feb 2013

Horsemeat, bullshit and wine

by Tim Atkin

How hungry would you have to be to eat a spaniel? What about a monkey, a camel or a rat? During the siege of their city in 1870, starving Parisians consumed all those things and more. Horsemeat, first introduced four years previously as what the... Read more